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Boutique sleep in a restored 1900s carriage house with period-inspired decor and a pied-à-terre vibe
Georgian grandeur with all the modern comforts, 1715 Rittenhouse is housed in a 1900s carriage house on its namesake square. Designed by Walter Cope, best known for the Gothic edifices that grace U. Penn, Princeton and Bryn Mawr, the building — along with the houses flanking it, which have been incorporated into the hotel — remains delightfully original. It’s behind the brick façade that the property reveals the fruits of an immaculate transformation into a full-service 23-room inn.
Bed and Bath
The surprisingly spacious rooms and suites have sparkling marble bathrooms (most of which have glass-encased rain showers) and central heating and cooling. The decor mimics turn-of-the-century style but stays fresh and uncluttered to make room for such high-tech requirements as plasma TVs, iPhone docks, work stations and WiFi. The Standard Room has more than enough space for two, as well as a tub/shower combination in the bathroom.
A stay here is like having your own apartment in the heart of Philadelphia, but with one important upgrade: a small and mighty staff. It’s on call 24/7, whether you’re stumbling home after enjoying a Phillies victory or heading out on an early morning train. And you never leave 1715 Rittenhouse without a hearty breakfast, which is served in the basement dining room. Pastries, fruit, yogurt, coffee and a paper are free.
In the Area
Philly lives in Rittenhouse Square, a hub with shops, restaurants and red brick row houses arranged in spokes pointing in all directions. Journey through Isaiah Zagar’s Philadelphia’s Magic Garden, a mosaicked sculpture garden spanning half a block made from recycled glass, bicycle wheels and handmade tiles. For a day of free sightseeing, take a stroll along the city section of the Schuylkill River, past Boathouse Row, for one of the most beautiful views of the skyline and (in spring) huge bursts of cherry blossoms. Hit the Philadelphia Art Museum on a Sunday, when it’s “pay what you wish” at one of the country’s largest museums (with a phenomenal permanent collection), minus the huge crowds. And, yes, this is where Rocky ran up the stairs. On the dining front, Parc Brasserie, in Rittenhouse Square, pays tribute to French café culture. The breakfast and brunch menus are favorites among locals, and you may run into a who’s who of Philly society while dining there. Or try to score a reservation at Tinto Wine Bar, a tapas-centric restaurant run by Iron Chef Jose Garces.
Rittenhouse 1715, A Boutique Hotel
1715 Rittenhouse Square Street
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19103
How to Get There
The preferred airport for Rittenhouse 1715, A Boutique Hotel is Philadelphia, PA (PHL-Philadelphia Intl.) - 9.9 km / 6.2 mi. Distances are calculated in a straight line from the property's location to the point of interest or airport and may not reflect actual travel distance. Distances are displayed to the nearest 0.1 mile and kilometre.